Korean drama ‘The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim’ to premiere tonight

Published July 30, 2021, 7:39 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

(From left)  Nam Da-reum, Kim Sae-ron and Yoo Seon-ho at the press conference (iQiyi) 

“The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim,” iQiyi’s new Korean drama series, will premiere tonight (July 30). 

It stars actress Kim Sae-ron and actor Nam Da-reum together with “Produce 101” alumnus Yoo Seon-ho.

In “The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim,” Kim Sae-ron plays a brave and outgoing high school student Ga Doo-shim. With shaman quality by birth, she always longs for an ordinary life. After she encounters straight “A” student Na Woo-soo (played by Nam Da-reum) who can see spirits, they are dragged into mysterious and adventurous incidents.

During an online press conference on July 29 in Seoul, director Park Ho-jin and cast members Nam Da-reum, Kim Sae-ron, Moon Sung-keun, Yoo Seon-ho and Bae Hae-sun talked about their experiences during the production. 

This is the first time that Nam Da-reum plays the leading role since he reached adulthood while it is also the first series in two years for Kim Sae-ron (The Man from Nowhere). 

Kim Sae-ron made a pledge for the ratings while Nam Da-reum confessed that he felt pressured to play the leading role. 

Director Park also hinted at the possibility for a second season. While the story was about spirits, Park said, it focuses more on humanity and coming-of-age experiences for adolescent girls. 

Asked about the next season, Park said “I think there is a need for the second season. Leading characters are students now, but they will encounter more issues and develop more stories in the future. If viewers love the first season, I will definitely agree to a second season.”

Kim will celebrate her 21st birthday on July 31, but she is comfortable about putting on high school uniforms again. In her first series in two years, she said “even though it’s a story about witchcraft, I feel more connected to humanity and emotional aspects. I am hooked to the script as soon as I start to read it.” 

“The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim” is also meaningful to Nam since it is his first leading role after adulthood and he felt pressured during the production. When asked about working with Kim Sae-ron who is two years older than him, “she really takes care of me. Since we have both been acting since adolescence, we share and discuss a lot of frustrations and experiences on the set.”

In the trailer for the drama, the two cuddle each other closely several times. “Cuddling is what brings them closer together,” said Park. “Their authentic chemistry is convincing to all the crew.” 

Kim also said if the series attracted many viewers, “I would have a happy dance.”

After rising to fame in the reality show “Produce 101,” Yoo Seon-ho will play an evil spirit in the new series. In order to truly commit to the character, he studied other similar genre series, bleached his hair four times and used a lot of stage blood.

Starting from July 30, the series will be exclusively available at 7 p.m. every Friday on the iQiyi International app or on iQ.com.